The Sisters of Charity is one of 18 residential institutions that is highlighted by the Ryan report 2009 to have been responsible for child abuse. They still owe €3 million to the redress scheme for its survivors. The Sisters of Charity, along with three other religious congregations, were responsible for the management of Magdalene Laundries. In 2013 they stated they would not be making ANY contributions to the State redress scheme to the women who had been subject abuse in the Magdalene Laundries. The Department of Health now want to give ‘sole’ ownership of the new €300 million State-funded National Maternity Hospital.

On April 19th, Denise Kiernan launched a petition on MyUplift opposing the Sisters of Charity becoming owners of the €300 million publicly funded National Maternity Hospital. The campaign quickly became the largest in Uplift’s history and gained more than 100,000 signatures in less than two weeks, resulting in protest marches, extensive media coverage, and national dialogue. The public scrutiny generated by the Uplift community forced the government to acknowledge critical flaws in the deal, and our Minister for Health is now exploring both public ownership, long-term lease, and compulsory purchase options.

Denise, along with other Uplift members won the campaign with the Sisters of Charity announcing that they would hand over control of the National Maternity Hospital. There are many fights ahead to make sure the structure that will own the hospital will be as transparent as possible – but this is a lesson in people power. When we stand together, we can change the world.


Over 1,500 People Joined the March

And 104,000 Signed the Petition

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